Sarah Beth

These pictures added 5-26-06

Daily Stats:
Weight 3 lbs 6.2 ozs
.4 Liter Oxygen On Nasal Cannula
Receiving 27ccs milk every 3 hours
Fed by gravity

This is what we saw when we came in this afternoon, getting ready to move her!

Changing her diaper in the isolette through the portholes is a lot harder than changing her diaper with it open.

Sarah Beth enjoying her quiet in the isolette.

Mommy holding her through the portholes.  Sarah Beth was totally awake and watching mommy!

From Beth: Well, we have had an eventful few days!  Sarah Beth was moved into an isolette and into the Progressive Care side of the NICU.  Progressive Care is still very much part of the NICU, but it is designed for the babies who are getting ready to come home.  The babies there are all very stable, learning to breathe and suck and such.  The parents get to come in easier (no having to leave or wait if they have a new admit, no calling into the nurses before entering).  Also, while we are in Progressive we can hold Sarah more often and she will be able to wear clothes soon.  It is a very big step.  The isolette is the plastic box you see in the pictures above.  It was once called an incubator.  They are still warming her with a heater within the box, but there is a probe in the box monitoring the heat, not on Sarah Beth's body anymore.  They will try to wean her quickly from needing any heat at all so that she will be able to move to a crib. 

We are excited about all of this!  We've been praying hard to be able to take this step, so it is nice that has finally happened.  She is still on the same amount of oxygen via the nasal cannula.  She is also still receiving her milk through her feeding tube and is fed by gravity.  We are still planning for her to come home around the end of June.  She will more than likely come home on oxygen, but we are inching closer and closer to being home together.

Thank you all again for your continued prayers.  We still need them!


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